Maintenance Worker I
City of Sunnyvale, CA - Sunnyvale, CA

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(Please note: typical placement is made at the first step of the salary range)


NOTE: A copy of your California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) record printout is required for this position. The due date for submission of the DMV record printout is the same as the application deadline – Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm. If you are an out of state applicant, please submit a current (issued and printed within 30 days prior to application) copy of your state's DMV printout by the application deadline – Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm. A CA driver's license will be required prior to time of appointment.

The position opens Wednesday, August 14, 2013 and the final filing date is Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm or after receiving 100 qualified applicants, whichever is first

This is an alternately-staffed classification. This job announcement is specific to the Maintenance Worker I classification and the salary range for this level of classification is reflected above.

Under supervision, performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled assignments in the construction, maintenance and repair of City water, sewer, storm systems and streets; and performs related work as required.


Maintenance Worker I is the entry and training level of the series. Under supervision and in a training capacity, incumbents are assigned routine, unskilled maintenance tasks while learning the basic construction and maintenance trades as necessary for the specific division to which assigned. Incumbents generally work as a member of a crew, but may be given independent assignments.

Essential Job Functions:

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

General :
  • Shovels, rakes and spreads dirt, sand, gravel, asphalt and other materials.
  • Clears debris, brush and weeds from ditches, culverts and other City facilities.
  • Participates in digging, widening and backfilling trenches and other excavations.
  • Loads, unloads and operates pick-ups and trucks to transport maintenance supplies and materials.
  • Places traffic control flags, signs and cones to direct traffic around work sites; may direct traffic.
  • Uses general carpentry and mechanical hand tools such as brooms, rakes, shovels, ladders, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, saws, drills and wrenches.
  • Operates equipment such as air compressors, pneumatic hammers, power activated hammers, chain saws, concrete saws, pipe cutters, sprayers, compactors, forklifts, painting and spraying equipment and rollers.
  • Performs routine maintenance and repair of hand and power tools.
  • Spreads and rakes gravel or asphalt in the patching and resurfacing of streets.
  • Breaks up and patches asphalt and concrete surfaces.
  • Tactfully responds to questions and comments from the public.
  • Responsible for the safe operation of equipment and tools used.
  • May prepare and keep written records and make material and equipment requests.
  • May, under direction and on an irregular basis, operate equipment such as backhoes, front-end loaders and trucks.
  • May occasionally perform simple fabrication and repair of equipment, tools, parts and accessories, at times using arc and gas welding.

In addition to the above, the following duties are also performed in the Water Distribution Section. As a member of a crew, incumbents participate in the following crew activities, independently performing certain tasks as assigned:
  • Installing, connecting, relocating and replacing new water mains, service lines, valves, pumps, meters, meter boxes and fire hydrants; cutting and fitting pipes and making taps.
  • Repairing leaks on water mains by installing new pipe and/or clamps.
  • Locating and marking existing water mains, meters, valves and other facilities for City crews and independent contractors using a sonic and/or magnetic pipe locator.
  • Notifying customers of water shut-downs.
  • Measuring and recording the location of valves, hydrants and blow-offs.
  • Exercising valves by hand or with hydraulic equipment; marking valves to indicate direction of opening and number of turns to open.
  • Testing water flow of hydrants.
  • Flushing water system through valves and hydrants, testing turbidity and chlorine residual of water and checking for valve leakage.
  • Painting valves, pumps, piping and building interiors and exteriors.
  • Removing vegetation, cleaning meters and meter vaults and replacing meters.
  • Opens and closes valves into water main.
  • Performs routine maintenance and repair on pump stations and generators.
  • Performs routine maintenance and repair on storage tanks and sites.


Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment. Acute hearing is required in both the field and the office. The ability to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 70 pounds, such as a jackhammer, is also required. Additionally, the incumbent in this outdoor position works in all weather conditions, including wet, heat, and cold. The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, dust chemicals, biohazard materials and air contaminants. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, work in confined spaces, drive motorized vehicles and work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

A high school diploma or GED equivalent, AND

Six months of manual labor experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Some knowledge of:
  • The proper use and care of common hand tools.
Ability to:
  • Safely perform heavy manual labor.
  • Learn the operation of power tools and equipment and the performance of a variety of semi-skilled tasks.
  • Learn to safely handle toxic materials.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Work effectively as a member of a crew.
  • Act in a courteous and diplomatic manner with members of the public.
Willingness to:
  • Wear a uniform.

Possession at time of hire and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record.

Application and Selection Process:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application, responses to the supplemental questions, and a DMV Printout (current dated within the last 30 days) to the Department of Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 30 , 2013 (postmarks or faxes are not accepted). The position opens Wednesday, August 14, 2013 and the final filling date is Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm or after receiving 100 qualified applicants, whichever is first. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an written examination scheduled for the week of September 16, 2013 . (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).

Those candidates that receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City’s Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Any external successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e. original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).

Please note: Under an agreement with Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA), dated February 28, 2012, the City will waive the 12th grade or tested equivalent minimum educational requirement for eighteen months from the signed agreement for those City employees who desire to promote to this higher classification.

Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA).

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including gender, gender identity, and gender expression), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.